Mrs. Spring Fragrance

Mrs. Spring Fragrance
Mrs. Spring Fragrance  
Author(s) Sui Sin Far
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Short story, Asian-American literature
Publisher A. C. McClurg
Publication date 1912
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 347 pp (first edition)

Mrs. Spring Fragrance was a popular short story collection by Sui Sin Far, pen name of Chinese-British-Canadian-American writer Edith Maude Eaton. Although written in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the book did not appear until 1912. The original publisher was A. C. McClurg and Company of Chicago.

The stories are divided into two halves, "Mrs. Spring Fragrance" for adults, and "Tales of Chinese Children" for children. Set in Seattle and San Francisco, they reflect the struggles and joys in the daily lives of Chinese families in North America. Particularly poignant are the stories delineating the cultural conflicts of Eurasians and recent immigrants. In the ironically titled "In the Land of the Free", Eaton shows the suffering inflicted by discriminatory immigration laws.


  • Mrs. Spring Fragrance
  • The Inferior Woman
  • The Wisdom of the New
  • "Its Wavering Image"
  • The Story of One White Woman Who Married A Chinese
  • Her Chinese Husband
  • The Americanizing of Pau Tsu
  • In The Land Of The Free
  • The Chinese Lily
  • The Smuggling of Tie Co
  • The God of Restoration
  • The Prize China Baby
  • Lin John
  • Tian Shan's Kindred Spirit
  • The Sing Song Woman

From Tales of Chinese Children:

  • Children of Peace
  • The Banishment of Ming and Mai
  • The Story of a Little Chinese Seabird
  • What About the Cat?
  • The Dreams that Failed
  • The Heart's Desire
  • Misunderstood
  • A Chinese Boy-Girl
  • Pat and Pan



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